Heathrow to Bath or Oxford

Prior Park, Bath

When we fly into England for a trip to the Cotswolds, we frequently start out with a few days in Bath. Getting from the London airports to Bath is not that easy. We usually have a car service take us, but that is expensive. It was worth it to us because of the time it saved and the convenience. But today I found another option. RailAir – Buses run by First Great Western trains take … Continue reading Heathrow to Bath or Oxford

Slow Europe in Sunset Magazine


During the last few years of running the Slow Travel community I talked to many journalists and was mentioned in many magazines and newspapers. Pretty thrilling for someone whose name had never been in print until she was in her late 40s. If you look at my media scrapbook (no longer on the web), you see it all fades away last year, after Internet Brands took over the SlowTrav site. My 15 minutes were over. Oh well. But … Continue reading Slow Europe in Sunset Magazine

How much does it really rain in England?

Rain in England

We are still thinking about moving to England for a year. Every single person that I mention this to, even my friends in Vancouver, say “how will you stand the weather?”. I figure for one year, who cares? But, each time we go to England and say to ourselves this is the trip where we will look at houses for rent and pick one, we don’t. We were there in May 2006, the wettest May … Continue reading How much does it really rain in England?

LA Times – Articles about Rome

The Pantheon, Rome

Travel writer Susan Spano wrote a series of good articles about Rome for the Los Angeles Times. She is living in Rome and reporting from there. Today they were reprinted in our Santa Fe New Mexican. Here are the links to the original articles. Italy: At home in Rome – Times staffer Susan Spano finds that, minor hassles and high costs aside, Italy’s capital city is a fascinating place to settle down. By Susan Spano, … Continue reading LA Times – Articles about Rome

That Summer in Sicily, by Marlena de Blasi

The American author Marlena de Blasi has written three good memoirs about living in Italy. A Thousand Days in Venice about meeting her husband Fernando, marrying him and moving to Venice. A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure about leaving Venice with Fernando and moving to a ramshackle farmhouse in southern Tuscany. The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria about buying and renovating an apartment in an old Palazzo in Orvieto, Umbria. … Continue reading That Summer in Sicily, by Marlena de Blasi

Cotswolder: Coming Soon

A few notes about what I am working on this month. Still to come in the Accommodations section: Notes about vacation rental databases used by more than one website. Holiday Cottages Group runs a large vacation rental database that is represented by various companies/websites. (Holiday Cottages Group is a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, owned by Travelport, previously Cendant). The Rural Retreats listings are also represented by other companies. Coming Next Towns and villages in the … Continue reading Cotswolder: Coming Soon

A Week in Tuscany

I wrote my fourth blog article for the Tuscany Villas website. Read the article here: A Week in Tuscany, South of Siena. This is the last in a four part series about vacation rentals in Tuscany. It was easy to come up with a full week of day trips that kept you near your base in southern Tuscany. There is so much to see and do in that area. The Montisi gang finished their week … Continue reading A Week in Tuscany